Labor Dept. Sets Forth New Requirements for Government Contractors

By Carol L. O’Riordan In late August 2013, the U.S. Department of Labor issued final rules that will have an effect on affirmative action obligations for all federal contractors and subcontractors in two areas: the recruitment, employment, promotion, training, and accommodation of (1) individuals with disabilities under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 503, and (2) identified […]

Can a D.C.-Area Zip Code Help Government Contractors Get Work?

TerraGo, a company with fewer than 100 employees worldwide, recently announced that it will relocate its headquarters to the D.C. area from Atlanta. TerraGo provides location intelligence and geospatial information for defense and intelligence agencies and other government agencies. Why would a company want to do that? What perceived advantage does that give a defense […]

SBA Tightens Rules on Misrepresentation of Status for Government Contracts

Contractors seeking to obtain or maintain small business status need to be aware of some upcoming changes to Small Business Administration regulations. As part of an SBA initiative to reduce instances of ineligible firms receiving contracts under small business set-asides or preferences, the SBA has released and will soon implement new rules designed to facilitate […]

New Rule Will Help Small Businesses Get Fair Share of Subcontracts

For many federal government contracts, the prime contractor is required by law to certify that it has included small businesses in its subcontracting plan. But what happens when the contract work begins and ends, and the small business subcontractor doesn’t actually have the opportunity to be involved in the work? On August 15, a new […]

VA Tries to Improve Qualification Process for Contract Preferences

By Carol L. O’Riordan Last March, we took note of an effort by the Veterans Administration to simplify its process for qualifying businesses as veteran-owned small businesses (VOSBs). We noted that without the need for congressional action, the VA was permitting applicants to correct minor issues in their applications without courting an automatic denial of […]

D.C.-Area Company Is Stripped of “HUBZone” Designation by SBA

While we support the various programs for granting preferences in federal contracting to companies in traditionally disadvantaged groups such as women, minorities, and disabled veterans, it is also critical that potential contractors not abuse the preferences that Congress has granted. Although this type of abuse is not nearly as common as some in the media […]

New FCPA Case Yet Another Indication of Reach of U.S. Laws

On May 29, 2013, the U.S. Department of Justice announced the settlement of a major criminal and civil case involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. In this case, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the DOJ, along with French authorities, announced charges against Total S.A., a French-based oil and gas company. Total agreed to pay […]